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Genre: Inspirational, Mainstream
This is a moving account of one young Amish woman’s search for answers about her Old Order beliefs. The plot is realistic and flows smoothly throughout. Without glamorizing the practice, Yoder shares the cold, hard truth of the miting, or shunning, and sticks to the facts — as she does in all of her books.
Leah Raber is tired of the restrictions placed on her because of her Old Order community’s beliefs. Instead of taking part in the Amish tradition of Rumspringa, she would rather understand Englisher life by reading their Bible, but this action has serious consequences if she’s caught. She learns of an ex-Amish couple who hosts Bible studies in their home and takes the chance. In trouble for deprogramming, Leah moves in with the couple and learns more than she wanted about the English way of life. Homesickness consumes her, and she realizes she has to decide which world she wants to be part of forever. (KREGEL, Jan., 304 pp., $14.99)
Reviewed By: Patsy Glans
Published: January 2014